Bike

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Did You Know?

New York City is home to the largest network of bicycle lanes in North America, with over 1,000 miles of bike routes. The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) is committed to growing that network by at least 50 miles of bike lanes every year to encourage the expansion of bike culture and move toward safer streets and increased transportation options.

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Biking @ Columbia

Bike commuting at Columbia has more than doubled since 2004, growing to more than 1,000 bike commuters. The University promotes the many benefits of bicycle travel as part of a healthy culture and a more sustainable Columbia. Creating a bike-friendly campus reduces traffic and parking congestion, improves the health of the University community, and offers an easy alternative travel mode to and around Columbia.

Available Bike-Related Services

Bike Topics

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Hudson River Greenway Bike Trail

Free from cars and close to Columbia’s Manhattan campuses is the Hudson River Greenway trail, located on the western edge of Manhattan along the banks of the Hudson River. This bicycle and walking trail is part of the 2,900-mile long East Coast Greenway that stretches from the Canadian border in Maine to Key West, Florida.

See where bicyclists can access the Hudson River Greenway.

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George Washington Bridge by Bike

A dedicated bike route separated from cars crosses the George Washington Bridge, making it easy, fun, and convenient to commute to Columbia by bike from New Jersey. Biking between Fort Lee, NJ and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) takes about 15 minutes. 

Select the bike map layer in Google Maps to find your way by bike.

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Bikes on Transit and Columbia Shuttles

Cycling to and from the train station is usually a faster way to travel. Bicycles are permitted on all NYC subways with the exception of folding bikes, which are not permitted on most NYC transit buses. The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad have a one-time $5 permit that allows its riders to bring their bicycle onboard.

Learn more about traveling with your bicycle aboard MTA trains and buses.

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Bike Maps and Navigation

Use the Google Maps website or app and select "bicycle" to navigate using designated bike routes. To receive a copy of the NYC bike map, visit Columbia Public Safety or view an online version.

Additionally, download the Columbia Bikes flyer which provides a quick overview of all the bicycle resources across our campuses.

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Bike Laws
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Bike Events

On-campus events like Ride Your Bike to Campus Days and Velocity, Columbia’s annual ride to end cancer, happen each year. Join the Bicycle Interest Group or check out the Columbia Events calendar to learn more! 

A variety of large and small-scale bike ride events are also offered through Bike NY. Proceeds from Bike NY events fund their free bike education programs throughout the city year-round.

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Abandoned & Illegally Parked Bicycles

In order to maximize availability of bike parking and to maintain the upkeep of campus grounds, Columbia has developed the Bicycle Parking Protocol to manage bikes that are abandoned or illegally parked. Bikes that are illegally parked or stored at bike racks for extended periods of time will be subject to removal by Public Safety or Facilities personnel.

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Bicycle Groups

Columbia‘s Transportation Focus Group develops initiatives to enhance and grow bike culture at Columbia. The group is made up of representatives from various University departments, students, and faculty. The group supports the transportation goals outlined in Columbia’s Sustainability Plan.

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Travel Times by Bike

Getting there by bike is usually faster, healthier, and way more fun than other commute modes. Estimated travel times for some useful routes are listed below. Click the links to view a route map.

  • 10 New York City blocks: 4 minutes
  • Battery Park ➞ Morningside Heights: 42 minutes
  • Morningside Heights ➞ Medical Center: 21 minutes
  • Upper East Side ➞ Morningside Heights: 15 minutes
  • Fort Lee, NJ, ➞ Medical Center: 15 minutes
  • Morningside Heights ➞ Manhattanville: 8 minutes

Bike News

August 07, 2019

Columbia Wins Sustainable Commuter Transportation “Best Overall Program” Award

At its annual International Conference – held this year in New York City – the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) presented Columbia University with an award for “Best Overall Program” in transportation demand management (TDM). The award recognized Columbia’s achievements in reducing drive-alone commutes, providing alternative sustainable transport for commuters, and the purchase of six battery-electric buses, among other initiatives.

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Columbia University as a Silver Bicycle Friendly University℠ and a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business℠ for its efforts in supporting bicycling.